ANNE KEARNS DPsych (Prof)
Supervisor and Couples Counsellor
 

 46300  LE VIGAN

Telephone: 05 65 41 57 93

Email:  ap.kearns@gmail.com

I trained in psychoanalytic psychotherapy in the US and in Gestalt and Integrative psychotherapy in London at the Metanoia Institute, where I taught on their Masters and Doctoral programmes.

My particular interest is in supervision. I’ve written two books:- The Seven Deadly Sins? (Karnac 2005) and The Mirror Crack’d (Karnac 2007; 2011)
 

The Seven Deadly Sins? grew out of a post-qualification training course of the same name. It aims to make more accessible some concepts from the world of psychoanalysis, self-psychology and affective neuroscience, as well as commenting on the challenge of working “in the real world”. This is achieved by offering an integrative and anecdotal perspective on issues that have been generally un- or under-explored in trainings that have a humanistic emphasis, issues such as envy, shame, love and hate, trauma, addiction, money, and eating disorders. These issues are illustrated through the judicious use of clinical case studies. Various “maps” are provided to assist the supervisor and clinician in holding opposing diagnostic models and in working with psychotherapy and counselling trainees.

 
This title is as a wake-up call to take seriously the climate in which mental health professionals practice in which complaints and civil actions against psychotherapists and counsellors are on the increase and to sharpen assessment skills accordingly. It is also designed to help professionals to think about the "therapeutic frame" and what can happen to both the practitioner and the client when it is broken and finally to give voice to some colleagues who have been involved in the area of complaints in the hope that you and the organisations under whose codes of ethics you practice will take more of an interest in making those codes and frameworks more relevant to the intricacies of the therapeutic relationship. The message is simple: injuries that happen in relationships need to be addressed in relationships.
 

I particularly enjoy working with couples. Relationships can be challenging at the best of times. Couples who have moved to a new country face additional challenges and - as a native New Yorker who moved to London in 1985 and then to France in 2007 - I am happy to help.

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